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Pleasanton school district loses ruling in Vranesh case

Judge orders PUSD to make 25+ people available for depositions

An attempt by the Pleasanton Unified School District to deny former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh a hearing into its allegations against him has been rejected and the district has been ordered to immediately make more than 25 individuals available for depositions.

The Jan. 23 ruling by Administrative Law Judge Diane Schneider means a full hearing on the district's allegations, with witnesses, will be held beginning Feb. 17.

The court order was sought by Vranesh after PUSD counsel Kim Bogard of Folsom-based Kingsley-Bogard suspended depositions and informed Vranesh he had not properly demanded a hearing within 15 days of the district's formal accusations last November and had therefore forfeited his right to a hearing.

Vranesh was placed on administrative leave in October 2013 for allegedly creating a "hostile work environment" at the school site. He filed a lawsuit on Oct. 17, 2014 against PUSD, and on Nov. 19, 2014 the district notified Vranesh that a statement of charges against him had been adopted by the board of trustees, and that he would be dismissed within 30 days from the date of service of that notice unless he filed a written request for hearing. He was suspended without pay and benefits effective Nov. 18.

According to the court's order, Vranesh's attorney responded to district counsel Nov. 26, saying, "So that there is no misunderstanding, we inform you at the earliest possible moment that Mr. Vranesh is requesting/demanding a hearing." He also included Vranesh's intention to take depositions from PUSD employees.

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The judge ruled that Vranesh's demand for a hearing was proper and that he was entitled to depose potential witnesses.

Vranesh filed with the district on Dec. 19 deposition notices for a total of 37 individuals to be deposed between Jan. 6 and 28. Fifteen witnesses were to be deposed between Jan. 6 and 9, but nine failed to appear.

The district's lawyers filed a motion on Jan. 12 to cancel Vranesh's notice of deposition and subpoenas for all depositions scheduled on or after Jan. 13.

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Pleasanton school district loses ruling in Vranesh case

Judge orders PUSD to make 25+ people available for depositions

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Jan 28, 2015, 2:02 pm
Updated: Mon, Feb 2, 2015, 7:05 am

An attempt by the Pleasanton Unified School District to deny former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh a hearing into its allegations against him has been rejected and the district has been ordered to immediately make more than 25 individuals available for depositions.

The Jan. 23 ruling by Administrative Law Judge Diane Schneider means a full hearing on the district's allegations, with witnesses, will be held beginning Feb. 17.

The court order was sought by Vranesh after PUSD counsel Kim Bogard of Folsom-based Kingsley-Bogard suspended depositions and informed Vranesh he had not properly demanded a hearing within 15 days of the district's formal accusations last November and had therefore forfeited his right to a hearing.

Vranesh was placed on administrative leave in October 2013 for allegedly creating a "hostile work environment" at the school site. He filed a lawsuit on Oct. 17, 2014 against PUSD, and on Nov. 19, 2014 the district notified Vranesh that a statement of charges against him had been adopted by the board of trustees, and that he would be dismissed within 30 days from the date of service of that notice unless he filed a written request for hearing. He was suspended without pay and benefits effective Nov. 18.

According to the court's order, Vranesh's attorney responded to district counsel Nov. 26, saying, "So that there is no misunderstanding, we inform you at the earliest possible moment that Mr. Vranesh is requesting/demanding a hearing." He also included Vranesh's intention to take depositions from PUSD employees.

The judge ruled that Vranesh's demand for a hearing was proper and that he was entitled to depose potential witnesses.

Vranesh filed with the district on Dec. 19 deposition notices for a total of 37 individuals to be deposed between Jan. 6 and 28. Fifteen witnesses were to be deposed between Jan. 6 and 9, but nine failed to appear.

The district's lawyers filed a motion on Jan. 12 to cancel Vranesh's notice of deposition and subpoenas for all depositions scheduled on or after Jan. 13.

Comments

Ohboy!
Birdland
on Jan 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm
Ohboy! , Birdland
on Jan 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm
118 people like this

So our lovely Pleasanton Unified School District wants to fire someone after leaving them in limbo for over a year, then deny them due process? Yup, folks, this is who we have left in charge of the education of our children.

Why, oh, why would the PUSD not want to participate in a hearing or deposition if they have acted correctly in the dismissal of JV? Are they trying to hide their gross mishandling of this whole situation? It would seem so! I would even go so far as to guess that the initial depositions were not going well for the PUSD and that's why they tried to find a loophole to get out of them. Obviously the Judge saw through their ruse.

Please, PUSD, stop with the games and clean up your mess. Let's lead by example. You are in the business of educating CHILDREN!

This whole process is taking time, effort and $$$$$ away from our kids.

The district failed miserably when it came to handling the complaints of a few disgruntled employees who started complaining only when their union came looking for dirt.

To those at the district who were involved please apologize to JV and pay him handsomely for this 18 months of torment, then please start looking for new jobs.


Dorthy
Amador Estates
on Jan 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Dorthy, Amador Estates
on Jan 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm
32 people like this

Take the issue out of Pleasanton and the district no longer can side step rules. Interesting. Toto I don't think we are in Kansas anymore.


Curious
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm
Curious, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm
25 people like this

Well this justcost the district 3150 payment of vramesh legal fees. I suspect it's only the beginning. We need to tell the board to settle so they're not racking up huge legal bills in addition to settlement payment


Jim
Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm
Jim, Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm
19 people like this

Regarding fees - the meter has been running for quite awhile. I'm wondering how the district can afford these fees and who will pay the settlement with Vranesh. I smell program cuts coming.


Decline to State
Birdland
on Jan 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm
Decline to State, Birdland
on Jan 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm
53 people like this

A travesty. All of this could have been avoided if Ahmadi and Faraghan handled it differently. 3 board members (Laursen, Grant and former member Bowser)supported every bad decision while ignoring public input.

This will end up costing the district millions (settlements/judgments, attorney's fees for both sides, increased insurance, substitute teachers to cover classrooms during depositions/hearings/trial). That would have been better spent on Chromebooks, CSR or just about anything else.

I hope that our new board will get to the bottom of this and take appropriate steps. We desperately need a new Superintendent and a new Cabinet. Grant's term is up in 2016 - he needs to go as well.


Elaine
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2015 at 6:59 pm
Elaine, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2015 at 6:59 pm
57 people like this

I hope Mr. Vranesh cleans them out!


anon
Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm
anon, Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 28, 2015 at 7:47 pm
27 people like this

@Curious - please NO settlement. The truth needs to be heard on this one.


Well said Ohboy!
Foothill High School
on Jan 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm
Well said Ohboy!, Foothill High School
on Jan 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm
35 people like this

Precisely. Except all those involved, just resign in shame and head out of town with your tail between your legs. Pleasanton students deserve better.


foothill alumni
Laguna Oaks
on Jan 29, 2015 at 1:24 am
foothill alumni, Laguna Oaks
on Jan 29, 2015 at 1:24 am
104 people like this

I know Vranesh on a personal level I don't think many can relate too. If it were not for him I would not be where I am today.. We met in 6th grade and he was my VP until my sophomore year at Foothill. I am at a loss for words, after all these years he worked for this district suddenly now he's created a "hostile work environment". I went to visit him once at his elementary school, (after I graduated and was home from college) however my visit was cut short because he had to go play tether ball with the kids during their lunch recess. I have heard teachers, office staff, and students speak highly of him. Students who's lives he impacted in ways that undoubtedly made them better people. Some "hostile work environment" he must have created. Its discouraging to know that after all these years he gave to this district... They were willing to refuse him the right to appeal this...


Teacher
Danville
on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:10 am
Teacher, Danville
on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:10 am
92 people like this

Thank you Foothill alumni for your comments. I am a current teacher, who used to have Jon Vranesh as my administrator. He never created a hostile work environment for me. If at all, he provided an environment for the first time where I felt my ideas and work was valued. He encouraged me, made me laugh, and sympathized when I was frustrated.

I know this is going to be a long war, but I'm thrilled Jon won the first battle. Jon is an amazing man and deserves justice.


Formerly Dan from BC
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:05 am
Formerly Dan from BC, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:05 am
14 people like this

Ironically the same scenario - lack of due process - is happening around the country on numerous university campuses. Public entities would do well by allowing alleged crimes to be investigated by the proper authorities rather than the kangaroo courts they set up.

You can bet that the amount of settlement just went up because of this judges ruling. The district will settle rather than having to go through discovery and that is unfortunate.


Commentor
Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:19 am
Commentor, Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:19 am
19 people like this

Let's not forget the role of our legal counsel on this matter - Kim Bogard. Wonder what her firm's role in all this was as "counsel" for PUSD


Sam
Country Fair
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:46 am
Sam, Country Fair
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:46 am
23 people like this

Wow! This is unbelievable I can't believe that the lawyer for the school district would do this or that our school district would keep going down this path. Haven't they learned a lesson, they can't just sweep issues like this under the rug.? it's the same story time and time again when will the school board and the district understand Pleasanton residents are going to fight back for the rights of our children to have a proper education! Walnut Grove has suffered greatly! When this happened and the principal was removed from the school, two part time principles put in place, teachers were always gone and now a new principle put in to let the teachers know who's boss, can't that poor school catch a break? They need a new loving principal someone that can understand that the children, staff and parents have been through a lot. NOT someone who's just there to clean house! We need to get a new superintendent!! Parvine has done great things for the district but not listening will literally cost the children of Pleasanton.


Trial
Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:53 am
Trial, Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:53 am
28 people like this

I hope they go to trial, we have a right to hear both sides and to decide for ourselves as parents of children at the school why we have been put through this! I do feel bad that the names of the teachers and people involved will be put out there but it's only fair that we, who have been effected by this one way or another are given actual facts!


happy camper
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:56 am
happy camper, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 8:56 am
10 people like this

I agree with Sam. I also believe we should not judge anyone - especially the staff that were accusing Vranesh - they have rights too and their stories may be truthful as well. Who are we to judge that Vranesh did no wrong. Yes, it should have been handled differently - but the truth will surface. Walnut Creeks new principal is delightful...a good start to healing.


Interesting
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 9:14 am
Interesting, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 9:14 am
52 people like this

Teacher from Danville and Alumni, I believe your accounts, he didn't create a "hostile" environment. Your experience with him is more valid and representative of his character. The environment he was dealing with included a teacher who was recently caught pulling campaign signs out of the ground in front of a popular Coffee shop. Think high school mean girls to the extreme. I think he didn't realize how much leverage that carries in this town. Pleasantonians pride themselves on the small town atmosphere. Not so hunky dory when it's the dysfunctional side of a small town.


gail
Del Prado
on Jan 29, 2015 at 9:26 am
gail, Del Prado
on Jan 29, 2015 at 9:26 am
27 people like this

It's nice to know that the truth will hopefully be told. This whole incident has been aUtp fiasco from the start. Jon needs compensation for ruining his career! Good luck!


lugnut
Amador Estates
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:22 am
lugnut, Amador Estates
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:22 am
1 person likes this

Politics at its finest. Starts with citizens. Apathy. If parents wanted what was best they would spend the time to figure out what thry wanted, get involved and let the Board know exactly what they want and then recall if that was not done. This district was always a district that "patted" themselves on the back first, but was just an ordinary district who somehow got a good reputation that was not quite right. My kids went through system but was not enthralled with it. Looks more like other districts all the time and now has a Fremont look to it's administrative although we are nowhere near Fremont's size. Really sad. I hope the principal gets whatever justice that is right.


Pop the Popcorn
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:24 am
Pop the Popcorn, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:24 am
62 people like this

Dear Superintendent and Staff: Please do not settle this case. Sometimes the truth hurts, but you have to face it. This truth, sadly, will cost our district millions but as a parent and resident I beg of you not to settle the case. We have a massive breakdown of trust between our community and you, Ms. Superintendent. You might be between a rock and a hard place, but transparency is your only chance to maintain at least the respect of the community. Let me outline your dilemma:

If you settle this case (for big $), the total amount spent for the Vranesh "situation" will be requested by your public. Parents will come to the school board meetings, and request that total $ paid to counsel for the full duration of investigation through settlement. When you reveal that over $ 1 million was spent, they will request a formal inquiry into the handling of the case from an HR standpoint. Someone will lose their job, probably more than one person. If, in fact, your claims are true against Vranesh then he should have been disciplined, counseled, and eventually terminated with such a clean paper trail that no suit against the district would have merit. Legal costs should have been $50,000 not the huge sums that have been disclosed for 2014 alone! This path leads to a complete overhaul of our administrative staff, starting with the superintendent and her direct reports. All would go.

If you do not settle the case and are dragged through public hearings and trials, the process will be much different. You will be able to defend your actions. However, the process will make the 162 page Complaint for "Case No HG14744782" look like an easy read. Get ready to have all of your dirty laundry aired. The Gender/Sexual Discrimination, Invasion of Privacy, and Waste of Public Funds assertions will be all front and center. The "who used naughty words more" tone of the complaint will be played out in dramatic fashion. Assistant Superintendent Cazares' alleged penchant for F bombs will be explored, with a parade of employees citing incidents under oath. It will be tough to keep a straight face while explaining in a courtroom why Mr. Vranesh was terminated for a hostile work environment. The plaintiff's clear strategy will be to illustrate the horrible district environment created by Ahmadi and Cazares that has led to crippling turnover of administrators. This path leads to a complete overhaul of our administrative staff, starting with the superintendent and her direct reports. All would go. Sound familiar?

I hope for a trial, because I hope to learn the truth. Do I think Mr. Vranesh used foul words and came down hard on some teachers? Most likely yes. Do I think those same behaviors were also exhibited by our superintendent and vice-superintendent? Absolutely. The disputes between Vranesh and the administration didn’t have to do with anything petty like cursing or yelling. I have read the full complaint. I do not believe Mr. Vranesh did everything well, nor did the administration. At a minimum, the administration bungled the situation from start to finish. There’s no way around this. And now they will be held accountable. If the accusations against Mr. Vranesh prior to his suspension and termination were true he should have been disciplined, counseled, and led to a better path as a high-performing and popular principal. That’s what the law requires. You didn’t do that, PUSD, and now you will pay the price. With OUR tax dollars, and with YOUR jobs.


Kim Eppard
Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:26 am
Kim Eppard, Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:26 am
6 people like this

There seems to be a propensity to rush to a judgment! I am in agreement with those that urge patience. Let the facts come out! "Just the facts Ma'am "


Concerned
Del Prado
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:35 am
Concerned, Del Prado
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:35 am
29 people like this

This is the preamble to the resignation of the Superintendent. It is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Painful but entertaining.


g7caligirl
Gatewood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:03 am
g7caligirl, Gatewood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:03 am
4 people like this

What was the amount already spent, i.e. paid to the 2 teachers, that said they were damaged by the hostile work environment? That needs to be added into this equation. It wasn't some insignificant amount - they got what they wanted money. Now it will cost even more since HR did such a lousy job.


Like the Popcorn
San Ramon
on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:51 am
Like the Popcorn, San Ramon
on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:51 am
34 people like this

The teachers received over $400,000. More interesting point is if in the depositions they are found to have lied and they took money based on lies... Well that won't work out well.


Damon
Foothill Knolls
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm
Damon, Foothill Knolls
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm
4 people like this

@"Like the Popcorn": "The teachers received over $400,000. More interesting point is if in the depositions they are found to have lied and they took money based on lies... Well that won't work out well."

Yes, your unsupported conjecture is most interesting.


Marie
Birdland
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Marie, Birdland
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm
18 people like this

How do you just no show for a deposition? What happens when you do that? This story gets stranger and stranger each day!


WGMom
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm
WGMom, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm
11 people like this

I agree, let the truth be known. Walnut Grove can't move on until this mess is cleared up. My child tells me the teachers seem fine but, her one comment is that the principal is not warm like Mr.Vranish. She misses a principal that plays with the kids and not insincere with how she treats kids. If Mrs.Parvine and the district doesn't think that this still is affecting the parents and the students tell her to show up at a principal coffee maybe she'll see the real side of the principal and the issues that the parents still feel today.


Mark
Country Fair
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm
Mark, Country Fair
on Jan 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm
16 people like this

It amazes me how many people jump on the, "he's a nice guy, he would never do this," bandwagon. There is no doubt that many people experienced him as a good administrator and he is likable. The guy grew up in Pleasanton and has many friends. However, that does not mean that in the privacy of certain people that he began to feel friendly with that he did not do these things. This kind of stuff happens all the time, which is why private companies spend so much effort and time on harrassment training. People get too comfortable and say inappropriate things to their coworkers when they think they can get away with it. Just because he didn't say it to most people certainly does not mean it didn't happen. Why can't people understand that?? The problem here is that Mr. Vranesh was the principal. He was the boss and the leader. That means he is held under a different level of what he can say and do. I believe that there is some middle ground to this whole fiasco and that it is a good thing he is gone from that school. I believe he was making the staff extremely uncomfortable. It's too bad it was handled this way and that our kids are paying for it.


Kennet Pipe
Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:33 pm
Kennet Pipe, Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:33 pm
57 people like this

I can tell you personally that Vranesh was not the only issue at that school Mark. Considering other people within the district were targeted for no reason and had their name slandered should be a perfect depiction of the character that the teachers possessed. Even if there is some truth to the case the teachers presented, everything relating to the case was handled incredibly unprofessionally, if not illegally. And that is just magnified tenfold by the refusal of the superintendent to cooperate and the alleged $250,000 given to each teacher as "compensation." It's sad when the people who are supposed to be teaching the children character do not possess the character traits our schools endorse.


pick one
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm
pick one, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm
3 people like this

Yah, This comes as NO surprise. District supports the WRONG to put down the right. There was a case at PMS years ago where the parents were clearly correct yet the principal squashed and ruined the "students" futures in the district. Smearing the reputations and making accusations about the family's involved until they were silenced.

Way to go Pleasanton School district - fumbled again!! I hope this time it really costs YOU and not innocent school children. Black balled for standing up on the side of right!


proud pusd employee
Del Prado
on Jan 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm
proud pusd employee, Del Prado
on Jan 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm
2 people like this

Please bring out all of the facts in this case. There have been administrator's in the past that have "used" their position, but it seems that none of them had the legal issues happening now. They were just moved to another school. Maybe it is time that all of this is brought to the forefront. We have had some great administrators in this district, please don't lump them all together.


Helen
Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2015 at 5:13 pm
Helen, Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2015 at 5:13 pm
21 people like this

It wasn't just the principle and it hasn't stopped. The school secretary was sent to another school because of her backing of Vranish, the health clerk was publicly humiliated and sent to another school, just this school year when the attendance clerk spoke up about how the administration was treating her (she was treated so poorly) she was forced out! Teachers seem afraid to speak up about the current administration, my guess is because they know the district supported them once and it is back firing on them and they won't make that mistake again.


Cindy
Foothill Place
on Jan 29, 2015 at 5:32 pm
Cindy, Foothill Place
on Jan 29, 2015 at 5:32 pm
12 people like this

I think there's a good possibility Jon let his guard down, said too much and now he's in hot water. I worked with him years ago. I'll put money on it, there's more to this case than the public has any idea about.


highdiver
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm
highdiver, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm
14 people like this

Facts are certainly illusive aren't they? Almost like a divorce case of he said, she said. Questions are more plentiful here and everyone has their own opinion or prejudice.

Let's ask a few questions.

1. Why would the school district pay off (for lack of a better term) 2 teachers $500K for them to be held harmless?

2. How can 9 people avoid giving a deposition of their knowledge of the events?

3. Why doesn't the school district want others to talk about their knowledge of the events?

4. What person was the main driving force behind the decision to reprimand Mr. Vranesh and did that person know all the facts?


Peets Customer
Amador Estates
on Jan 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm
Peets Customer, Amador Estates
on Jan 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm
17 people like this

Kennett Pipe, you are a well-spoken young man. Your parents must be proud.


Mom
another community
on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm
Mom , another community
on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm
41 people like this

After thirty years, we moved to a another district to get our youngest, who was a high school student in Pleasanton, out of Pleasanton schools. We have not regretted the decision since making it. The only reason I even care about this is because Mr. Vranesh served both of my children in his role as VP and was the single best administrator we came in contact with over 17 years of having children in Pleasanton schools. What they've done to the very fine man weighed heavily on our decision to leave. The assistant superintendent of HR (Faraghan - I don't even care if I spell hus name correctly) is a pompous SOB who wound not survive a day in the public sector. Unfortunately I was forced to deal with him on an HR matter with another administrator and let me just say that had we sued, he alone would have been the reason we must definitely would have won. I am not surprised AT ALL that he was behind the Vranesh fiasco and I am just as certain PUSD is going down in this one and Vranesh will rightfully be awarded millions. PUSD would be well advised to consider what the fall out of this mess will do to the district's reputation which will of course impact property values. I never saw myself leaving Pleasanton, but our children deserve better than this and I'm not sorry we left.

Mr. Vranesh: I hope you are reading these comments. If and when this goes to trial, please ask your attorney to post on here looking for character witnesses. You'll see us line up a mile long. Those is us that saw the positive impact you had on our children are here for you just as you were there for them. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you did for my own children and I know I'm not alone. Please push for the truth to come out. You deserve nothing less and hopefully it will help force some serious housekeeping at the district starting with the superintendent.


Pop the Popcorn
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2015 at 6:56 am
Pop the Popcorn, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2015 at 6:56 am
19 people like this

@Kim Eppard Kim, I appreciate your wish for patience. I can see where it looks like a "rush to judgment". The problem with us all patiently waiting is that this administration has an unlimited number of get out of jail free cards, also known as " settle out of court". If we are patient and keep quiet, we will never know any facts because they will pay Vranesh $2 million and then be barred from any future discussion of the case. So what's wrong with that? While it compensates vranesh, it doesn't change the massive systemic breakdown that exists in our district administration. They are using your money to buy their way out of their bungled messes.

It's a money grab. As a district we've paid top dollar for four administrators (Ahmadi, Cazares, Douglas, and Faraghan). Can someone post their compensation? Doesn't the lowest paid on the team make $200,000 plus? No wonder they are so anxious, and willing to make tough problems go away by writing a big check.

I agree @Kim Eppard, let's see the facts in this case. The lack of transparency and truth from this administration is hurting our kids every day.


anon
Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 30, 2015 at 7:40 am
anon, Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jan 30, 2015 at 7:40 am
14 people like this

They should depose every single person that was on staff along with district officials. This community needs to know the truth. Only by knowing the truth can we move on.


pleasanton was nice forty years ago
Del Prado
on Jan 30, 2015 at 8:30 am
pleasanton was nice forty years ago, Del Prado
on Jan 30, 2015 at 8:30 am
24 people like this

This one is not hard to figure out. Accusations were made. Fair enough. The school district launched an investigation. Fair enough. Now comes the disturbing part. The investigator cited statements from one or two employees. Mary and Laura. One or both come forward and made statements they never said what the investigator reported. PROBLEM! Some one is lying. The question is who is lying. Well I for one side with Mary and Laura. Of all the people involved they are by far the most credible. So yes i believe the mean girls are lying and Mary and Laura are telling the truth and the school district lied to all of us. The motivation not really sure but the fact they stood behind the investigation when it was obviously filled with untruths tells the story. So if you all want to believe the only ones lying here are vransh, Mary and Laura then you probably also believe this is the most transparent administration in history and you can keep your doctor and your health care. I think they went after vrnash because he told some losers to do their job
The losers got a big payday from the district and some clueless people support it.
So the lesson for the kids is get a government job. Make a claim against someone preferably a man and get a big payday. The truth really doesnt matter. Great lesson our school district is teaching the kids.


UGH!
Birdland
on Jan 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm
UGH!, Birdland
on Jan 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm
15 people like this

PUSD is horrible. They DO NOT put kids first. They show us that time and time again! I can NOT believe that this district paid over $400 grand to two teachers because..what? Their superior made them cry?! I mean seriously? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? I know that this is just a little (nightmare) piece of this huge mess, but someone help me understand how that happened?! Would these loser teachers (we all know who you are) be forced to return the money if found they committed perjury?


old math
Amador Estates
on Jan 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm
old math, Amador Estates
on Jan 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm
3 people like this

Solve two big problems in one fell swoop.

Yank your kids out of PUSD and either homeschool or private/independent school them. This has a potential benefit of saving your kids from the totalitarian grasp of Common Core...a complete disaster at best and child abuse at worst.

Did you know that there is a medical diagnosis of Common Core Syndrome? If that is not abuse, I don't know how else you'd describe it.

Web Link



yellowrose
Golden Eagle
on Jan 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm
yellowrose, Golden Eagle
on Jan 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm
21 people like this

Dear "Mom" Thank You for your comments regarding Mr Vranesh. I too was deeply affected by the harsh treatment he received, And my kids left (graduated) PUSD 3 years ago!
As a female hispanic volunteer parent for for PMS and Foothill HS, Mr Vranesh was one of the best Administrators I have ever worked with. Never did I hear an unkind word from him about anyone. As I saw it, He did his job because he loved it and he cared about the students. wish I had time to write/sing more praises, but I am a caretaker for my parents and I have to run. Never give up Mr. V, and, Good Luck!


Pleasantonian
Ponderosa
on Feb 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm
Pleasantonian, Ponderosa
on Feb 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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I only have few words: Ahmadi shame on you!!! Resign NOW.


Lawson
Highland Oaks
on Feb 4, 2015 at 7:04 am
Lawson, Highland Oaks
on Feb 4, 2015 at 7:04 am
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What a great 'made for tv' movie this would be. Or perhaps another Pleasanton inspired book.
How very sad that this whole incident has happened. So many people have been hurt by this.
And our poor children will pay the price.


JOM
Birdland
on Feb 4, 2015 at 10:40 am
JOM, Birdland
on Feb 4, 2015 at 10:40 am
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SAVE JON VRANESH

The recent goings on at Walnut Grove and the dismisel of Jon Vranesh came as a shock to me.

Jon is a long time family friend of mine, who grew up with my 4 children. I can say personally vouch

for his integrity and I know that he is a very honest man.
Jon is a big loss too for PUSD, because principals with his commitment are very hard to find.
I am confident Jon's reputation will be redeemed in the court of law.
As posted,
others before me, "there are now 3 stooges running the school board.
The community of Pleasanton is still very small and the community of Pleasanton is still very small and every knows who got paid off, Ms. Casares has mouth worse than a truck driver, she should clean up her mouth.
We also need a decent Supeintant, she needs to go, how can she keep coming to work, when she knows
she is not wanted, Get real.


JOM
Birdland
on Feb 4, 2015 at 10:40 am
JOM, Birdland
on Feb 4, 2015 at 10:40 am
5 people like this

SAVE JON VRANESH

The recent goings on at Walnut Grove and the dismisel of Jon Vranesh came as a shock to me.

Jon is a long time family friend of mine, who grew up with my 4 children. I can say personally vouch

for his integrity and I know that he is a very honest man.
Jon is a big loss too for PUSD, because principals with his commitment are very hard to find.
I am confident Jon's reputation will be redeemed in the court of law.
As posted,
others before me, "there are now 3 stooges running the school board.
The community of Pleasanton is still very small and the community of Pleasanton is still very small and every knows who got paid off, Ms. Casares has mouth worse than a truck driver, she should clean up her mouth.
We also need a decent Supeintant, she needs to go, how can she keep coming to work, when she knows
she is not wanted, Get real.


Pete
Downtown
on May 8, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Pete, Downtown
on May 8, 2015 at 2:05 pm
3 people like this

Looks like judgement day is right around the correct.


Get the Facts
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm
Get the Facts, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on May 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm
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Wow, way to dust off a three month-old post. There have been many updates since this late January article was posted.


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